Autograph Letter Signed. Benjamin STODDERT.

Autograph Letter Signed.

This Revolutionary War patriot acted on Washington's behalf to secure large lots of land in the District of Columbia area before the center of government was formally established there, then served as the first secretary of the navy (1798-1801). ALS, 1p, 7 3/4" X 10½", n.p., n.y. Addressed to JOHN TEMPLEMAN, a Georgetown merchant associated with Stoddert in various land enterprises. Very good. Mildly age toned, with binding traces down left edge (not affecting text). Interesting if cryptic details on some Georgetown real estate dealings in Stoddert's usual difficult script, reading in part: "Col Burrows has commenced 3 Houses on two lots, which Scot will not transfer, without a person to get two lots already divided to him in the sale square... these are No. 9 & 10. Pray then send an order to Forrest, to transfer to Scot, these two lots. As for the rest -- I believe the business is not to be settled without a Law suit -- a Law suit which will not end during the lives of the Parties who commence it." One Stoddert letter to Templeman in the federal archives concerns different investors interested in Georgetown real estate; though undated, it likely dates from late 1804 -- which time period is also likely for this letter, which is otherwise dated simply "Friday morning." Most unusual, most desirable. Item #28748

Price: $625.00

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